Top Ten Characters I’d Like to Check In With

Every week the ladies over at the Broke and the Bookish host a bookish event called “Top Ten Tuesday“. This week the theme is “Top Ten Characters You’d Like To Check In With”.

Roland, the Last Gunslinger, from the Dark Tower Series by Stephen King

One of my very favorite series (although some of the books were better than others) and I have always wondered whether Roland ever got it right that second time around.

The boys who survived the island in Lord of the Flies by William Golding

I’d like to see how their time on that island affected them as adults. I mean, they all have to be really messed up and traumatized right?

The wife from the Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

I wonder if her husband continued to treat her “illness” in all the wrong ways, driver her further insane, or if he finally listened to her and she got to see her friends and family and begin writing again.

Deborah from I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Joanne Greenberg

At the end she was recovering but there was still much work to be done. I imagine she will deal with her mental illness her whole life but I wonder if she was able to find her independence.

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Who wouldn’t like to know how that rambunctious, and highly imaginative, 6-year-old boy and his stuffed tiger turned out?out? If you are interested here is one artists idea of grown-up Calvin, which is satisfying until it too ends.

Alex from A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

This one is interesting because I read both the British version, with the 21st chapter bringing full closure to Alex’s journey, and the American version, which left the last chapter out and the ending open. I would like to check in with both Alex’s and see how each turned out.

Winston Smith from 1984 by George Orwell

Gahhhhh! This ending has always frustrated me! Every time I read it I secretly hope the ending will change but of course it never does. But maybe Winston find a happy ending later on?

The farm animals from Animal Farm by George Orwell

Did the humans really, fully accept the pigs? And what happened to the other animals? What happened to the whole farm?

Tyler Durden from Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

I actually will be able to check in with Tyler Durden in about another month when Fight Club 2 is released! I hope Tyler is as crazy as ever :)

Danny Torrance from The Shining by Stephen King

Yeah yeah, I know, King did write a sequel, Doctor Sleep, but I hated it and so I pretend it doesn’t exist and I still want to check in with Danny.

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10 thoughts on “Top Ten Characters I’d Like to Check In With”

  1. Calvin and Hobbes is perfect! There are many others here I love, including Tyler Durden, Winston Smith, Deborah, and Danny Torrence. I included The Lord of the Flies in my list too. :-)

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  2. I’d love to know about the Animal Farm animals too! When I was a freshman in high school, I had to write the ‘last’ chapter of the story for English. Of course in my version, the animals slaughter the pigs and live happily ever after! :)

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  3. LOL — I loved THE SHINING, but haven’t read DOCTOR SLEEP either. I adore that you pretend it doesn’t exist! Sometimes what we imagine for the characters we love is a lot better than the “official” version, I guess :)

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!

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